The flag salute and invocation followed President Dan’s welcome to our Rotary meeting.  He acknowledged the great job that Diane Kelly and David Archer did in setting up our hospitality suite at the recent District Conference.  He also thanked all of the members who helped to keep the food and drink flowing.  We only had one visitor, a Rotarian from Blythe who came to La Quinta for our cool weather. 

Sandy thanked Lee Osborne and his company for their scholarship sponsorship at our recent golf tournament.  Lee was presented a framed certificate of appreciation.  Ed Casey is home and continues to improve.  We are looking forward to seeing you in the near future, Ed.

Joe LaMantia reported on the recent PRYDE weekend.  Our club sponsored 8 middle school students.  Joe read some thank you letters from attendees from the Cahuilla Desert Academy.  Sergio said the experience “really changed my actions, thoughts and feelings.  I want to be a seventh grade role model next year.”  Monica “learned how to cut loose my sandbags and I have gotten rid of my fear of heights.”  Marcus found it “hard to believe how much your life can change in just two days.”  This is truly giving the gift of Rotary. 

Allan had another slim Friday at the podium.  There were a couple of no make ups, several people happy about vacations, and Joe reported good news about June.  Mayor Don was seen on TV with a shovel in his hands, Corry’s fiancé graduated from college, and Lee Osborne was recognized for a great year as Chamber president.  Allan closed by wishing everyone a “Happy Father’s Day”.

Larry Ligouri, President of the Coachella Valley Hiking Club, presented a program on summer hiking in the desert.  The bottom line – go early and don’t go far.  The Hiking Club, which numbers about 350, does hike in the summer but they plan their hikes for the San Jacinto/Idlewild/Big Bear areas.  A great local hike is to walk the trails at the top of the tram.  One of the most challenging hikes in the desert is the Sky Line Trail.  It is the steepest in the United States, climbing over 10,000 feet from the desert floor in Palm Springs to Mt. San Jacinto.  It is considered a very strenuous hike, and you should allow 6-8 hours to make the one-way trip.